Whether you are a small business owner or the CEO of a major company, you share a concern that our community strives to be the best it can be. It’s vital to the success of your business, your employees, your neighborhood and your family. Becoming engaged in community leadership is not an option that we can hope others pursue; it is our responsibility to be informed and to take up the challenge of leadership in the communities in which we live.

Leadership Howard County (LHC) is continually recognized as the premier organization in the county that provides dedicated and informed leaders for nonprofits, people who want to make a difference, and a can-do spirit that is at the core of our mission. Those who choose to take on the Leadership Howard County vision to “take your place” are committed to an exciting future for Howard County and ready to take on its challenges.

Concerned citizens know there is a call to action for effective community leadership on a local, state and national level. Our program, which includes both information and required community service, equips people with the tools and understanding of the decision-making process and allows their views to be expressed and incorporated into future development and planning.

Our programming also provides the opportunity for lifelong leadership development for our graduates. We strive to create an environment in which people participate in a variety of creative and meaningful ways.

Each year we introduce our community’s newest business leaders as keynote speakers, giving them a forum to share their visions for the future. Our small member forums and community projects give our members access to influential leaders and decision makers, and their creative solutions address Howard County’s challenges in a variety of ways.

As you read through the profiles and stories about the impact of our projects in this issue, we believe it will be apparent that Leadership Howard County is the resource for connecting citizens who want to be involved in building a positive foundation for their families, businesses and communities.

Leadership Premier Is Now Accepting Applications

Now is the time for you to consider an investment in your future — and discover how Leadership Howard County can help you play a critical role in strengthening and transforming our community. This program is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about our county and to develop a broad network of colleagues and associates who are at the forefront of current issues and challenges in our community.

To find out more about LHC’s programs and to view on online application, go to www.leadershiphc.org. We believe that one of the distinct qualities of our graduates is their capacity to provide the necessary leadership for difficult challenges and the willingness to invest time and talents in bettering our community. Join us now.